Equipment loan

The association has some essential equipment for loan but it is important that members return the equipment in a clean and fully working state. A deposit may be required for each piece of equipment borrowed which is returnable on completion of the loan. Item                         Extractor (3 units) Settling tank Lightweight plastic uncapping tray                    WarmingContinue reading “Equipment loan”

Your committee

Chris ParkerChair 07917 264269 Richard SkinnerSecretary 07812 642970 Philip SmithTreasurer 07966674610 Louise EvansEducation and training 07434 952900 Denise SmithSocial secretary 07525 753025 Howard TowlWebsite 07832 185913 Richard SkinnerHBKA representative 07812 642970 John Hammond 07886 086922 Nicky Kakkar 07983 549551 Apiaries: Old Dairy House, Mayhill Lane, Swanmore,Continue reading “Your committee”


1.Title The Association shall be called the Meridian Beekeepers’ Association hereinafter referred to as the MBA or the Association. 2. Objective a. The Objectives of the MBA are to promote and encourage the craft of beekeeping in the community by means of education, information and co-operation. b. To encourage and foster the highest standards ofContinue reading “Constitution”

Preparing Honey for Sale and Show

Moisture content in honey Ideally, honey should contain less than 17.8% water. If the moisture content is higher than 20%, it may ferment due to the presence of yeasts in the honey. Honey is hygroscopic and if it is not carefully stored in a sealed container it will absorb moisture from the air. The internationallyContinue reading “Preparing Honey for Sale and Show”

re-queening a defensive colony

Re-queening a defensive colony In the summer of 2020, led by Louise, Peter, Denise, Fiona and I went to Swanmore to deal with the defensive colony we moved from West End. Several allotment holders and passers-by had reported being stung at distance and the colony was also highly defensive during inspections. Having moved the hiveContinue reading “re-queening a defensive colony”

Labelling honey

Here is a summary of the honey labelling regulations. For more detailed information, go to the website of Hampshire County Council. The word Honey is required The weight must be on the label. It is a legal requirement to display the metric weight in a font at least 4mm high. If you decide toContinue reading “Labelling honey”

Benefits of membership

Your membership of Meridian gives you automatic membership of the Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association and the British Beekeepers’ Association. Our members are also protected by insurance provided by Bee Disease Insurance Limited. Membership of Meridian Beekeepers’ Association, includes regular apiary meetings, Mentoring, Equipment loan, Knowledgebase, Introduction to beekeeping courses, social events and activities. Membership of HampshireContinue reading “Benefits of membership”

Introduction to beekeeping

Our next Introduction to Beekeeping course will likely start in autumn 2022 Read on for more information. The practical session was magical, coming to the meadow in Swanmore. June 2021 after the practical day We honestly are delighted to have picked such a lovely caring group to be taught by. Thank you for enriching ourContinue reading “Introduction to beekeeping”